The Dark Tower Trailer Confirmed For Tomorrow

Posted: May 2, 2017, 14:57
Sony Philippines has announced that The Dark Tower trailer is set to be released tomorrow and instead of the usual trailer tease they have released three motion posters featuring Idris Elba (Roland Deschain), Matthew McConaughey (The Man in Black) and Tom Taylor (Jake Chambers).

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Limited Signed Sleeping Beauties Announced

Posted: May 2, 2017, 09:13
Cemetery Dance Publications has announced a Deluxe Special Limited Edition of Stephen King and Owen King’s first collaborative novel, Sleeping Beauties

A Traycased Oversized Hardcover Signed Limited Edition will be printed in two colors with two-color hot foil stamping, a satin ribbon page marker and embossed endpapers, epic wrap-around cover artwork, nearly a dozen interior color paintings by Jana Heidersdorf, a signature sheet signed by Stephen King, Owen King, and Jana Heidersdorf, and the book will be housed in a custom-made traycase exclusive to this edition.

There is also an unsigned Oversized Slipcased Hardcover Gift Edition of only 1,750 illustrated copies that will be printed in two colors with two-color hot foil stamping, a fine binding, epic wrap-around cover artwork, nearly a dozen interior color paintings by Jana Heidersdorf, and it will be housed in a custom-made slipcase.

Order here but hurry, they will go fast.

Ep. 72 - Lee Gambin Chases Cujo Tales

Posted: May 2, 2017, 09:12

Welcome to the Stephen King Podcast Constant and New Listeners!

Join your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and writer/podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 72 of The Stephen King Podcast!

As always we bring you all the latest Stephen King news.

Plus this episode, Hans did an interview with Australia based Fangoria writer - Lee Gambin. Lee has written an in-depth history about the making of the Cujo movie titled - Nope, Nothing Wrong Here. As Hans discovered talking with Lee, the Cujo movie had a lot of problems.

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Cujo Movie Book can be found for preorder:
Bear Manor Mania - Nope, Nothing Wrong Here.

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3) 01:48 - News From The DeathRoom
4) 40:10 - NightShift Interview - Lee Gambin's Making Of Cujo
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The Dark Tower Trailer

Posted: May 2, 2017, 08:44
According to a document sent out to movie theatres Sony didn't direct theaters to attach the The Dark Tower trailer to anything specific movie so keep your eyes open when you go to the movies this weekend.

Firestarter Remake Announced

Posted: April 28, 2017, 11:18
The fire will burn again. Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman will do a remake of King's Firestarter.

After the opening night screening at the Overlook Film Festival tonight, Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum announced that they would be teaming up once again to bring Stephen King’s classic pyrokinetic tale back to the big screen.

Scott Teems (Rectify) will co-write the new adaptation with the Academy Award-winning Goldsman. Blum will produce under Blumhouse, and Martha de Laurentiis, an associate produce from the original, will executive produce.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

The Dark Tower Movie Figures

Posted: April 24, 2017, 16:26
Here are some photos from the Diamond Select Toys booth at this weekend's C2E2 convention which is taking place in Chicago. It seems they are developing a few 7” figures for The Dark Tower movie. Please note that these figures are pending licensor approval so they could be changed in time for their release but should give you an idea of what to expect.

And here are more photos of the figures we saw earlier.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King Related; Locke & Key Goes To Hulu

Posted: April 22, 2017, 11:40
Hulu has given a pilot order to Locke & Key, a one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill (The Fireman) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo). The project comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) and IDW Entertainment, with Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson set to direct.

More info here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Amazing Flowchart

Posted: April 20, 2017, 08:42
How about this? I have never seen anything this detailed about all the connections in King's work. Amazing work by Gillian James and I can’t even imagine how many hours this has taken. So, hats off to Gillian James and if you like me love this, you can get your own here.

You need to frame it yourself though but that is a small price to pay for all this knowledge.

Thanks to everyone who sent me info about this.

The Nocturnal Reader's Box: All Hail The King

Posted: April 13, 2017, 23:27
Have you heard about The Nocturnal Reader's Box? Well I hadn’t until recently. The Nocturnal Reader's Box is a horror sci-fi subscription company and each month they send out a new secret box. Each box has a theme and in June the theme is: All Hail the King.

The Nocturnal Reader's Box has worked with Cemetery Dance to create an exclusive cover for Gwendy’s Button Box just for their subscribers and all items in the box will be Stephen King related and exclusive to this box. The price is only $35 + s/h and there will only be 1500 boxes so don’t wait to long to place your order (they start taking orders on May 1st) here.

Here is the announcement:

Hey Nocturnal Reader's, we are thrilled to announce that we have been working with Cemetery Dance to create an exclusive Nocturnal Reader's Box edition for Stephen King and Richard Chizmar's upcoming "Gwendy's Button Box".

This will be something that you will not be able to get anywhere else and we are very grateful to the team at Cemetery Dance, D&V agency, Richard Chizmar and of course Stephen King. Which brings us to the Theme of June: All Hail the King. We will have limited boxes and once they are sold, there will never be anymore printed. We will tease the new cover art soon! It's completely different from the trade edition cover.

It will be a highly collectible box with a very limited run on this cover. Everything in this box is limited to this box for this month On Sale May 1st. They will sell out!!! We can't save any for anyone, first come first serve.

Trevor Macy Talks Gerald's Game

Posted: April 13, 2017, 01:11
Trevor Macy talks Gerald's Game in this interview.

Is it safe to say that even though it may not be a page-for-page adaptation, that it does keep that same tone from the book that worked so well?

Trevor Macy: It’s a very faithful adaptation in that way, it’s just that there’s a—I don’t mean to be too cryptic, but I don’t want to give it away [laughs]. There’s a storytelling device that we use that the book doesn’t. It’s really nice to get Stephen King’s support in doing that, even at the script stage, so he feels and we feel that it’s a very faithful adaptation.

Read the full interview here.

Thanks to Dimitris Tso

The Mist: Different But Faithful

Posted: April 12, 2017, 15:01
Head over to Entertainment Weekly for loads of info about the upcoming The Mist TV series.

Here is how Christian Torpe sees it:

“I pitched it as ‘Ingmar Bergman’s Jaws,’”

“I wanted to be respectful to the source material, but my feeling was there was already a great adaptation out there by Frank Darabont. The novella is 200 pages and one location, and we needed to change that to make an ongoing series. But we wanted to remain faithful to the heart of the story,”

The TV series will be different compared to King’s story and Darabont’s film. It will be it’s own but at the same time remain faithful to the heart of King’s story.

While the series will try to establish a different story from the King novella and the Darabont movie, Torpe did hint at some possible crossover later in the show. “It’s a weird cousin to the original material,” he says. “It has a constant ebb and flow communication with the novella. But who knows? Maybe some of the original characters will make a cameo at some point.”
For him, The Mist serves as a chance to use a horror story to explore real life dynamics, much as The Twilight Zone did decades ago.

Georgie's Self-Portrait

Posted: April 10, 2017, 09:23
I don't know about you but I can't stop laughing about this class assignment to draw a self-portrait that Jackson Roberts who plays Georgie in the new IT did. Can you imagine the teachers reaction…

Thanks to Matty Jorissen

New Dark Tower Figures

Posted: April 8, 2017, 23:51
Looks like more Dark Tower figures are coming.

The Dark Tower Movie Minimates Series 1 Box Set
The epic novels by Stephen King are now an epic feature film, and DST is epically excited about it! This all-new box set of four Minimates mini-figures features four characters from the upcoming film – Jake, the Gunslinger, the Man in Black, and one top-secret character – each with up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. All four figures come packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item # APR172628, SRP: $24.99)

What do you Think? Good or Bad? Will you get them?

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

No One Sticks Up For A Clown

Posted: April 8, 2017, 19:00
Here is an entertaining article about how professional clowns are afraid that the new IT movie will put them out of business. Or as one clown puts it:

“No one sticks up for a clown. The only thing cooler to dislike is a mime.”

Thanks to Matty Jorissen

Tobin Bell To Star In My Pretty Pony

Posted: April 8, 2017, 08:58
Tobin Bell, star of SAW movies will star in an adaptation of King's My Pretty Pony.

“Saw” star Tobin Bell and Noah Jupe are top-lining in the independent drama “My Pretty Pony,” based on the Stephen King short story.

Shooting is planned for Michigan this spring. The story follows an elderly man on his deathbed who gives his young grandson a pocket watch and warns the boy against the dangers of letting time slip away.

Luke Jaden is directing from a script he adapted based upon King’s story, first pubished in 1989.

Phil Wurtzel of Friel Films is producing. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Loving” and “Midnight Special”) and Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) are executive producing.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson, Douglas Dowie, Dimitris Tso and Lou Sytsma.

Reading Stephen King: New Book About King

Posted: April 6, 2017, 21:03
This fall Cemetery Dance will release a book called Reading Stephen King with essays about why we love reading the works of Stephen King. The book is edited by Brian Freeman and illustrated by Ray Russotto.

Table of Contents:
- "Introduction" by Brian James Freeman
- "Sometimes You Go Back" by Stewart O'Nan
- "Christine" by Richard Chizmar
- "The Art of Stephen King" by Frank Darabont
- "Spock's Not The Only One Who Can Mind Meld: Stephen King and the Telepathy of Writing" by Stephen Spignesi
- "Disappearing Down That Rabbit Hole" by Justin Brooks
- "The Politics of Being Stephen King" by Tony Magistrale
- "The Adventure of Reading Stephen King" by Michael R. Collings
- "Reading the Lost Works of Stephen King" by Rocky Wood
- "Twins and Twining in Stephen King's Dark Tower Series" by Robin Furth
- "King Since Scribner" by Kevin Quigley
- "Being a Non-US Stephen King Fan" by Hans-Ake Lilja
- "The Role of Religion in Stephen King's Desperation" by Billy Chizmar
- "From A Buick 8" by Jack Ketchum
- "Living in a Web of Mystery" by Bev Vincent
- "The One That Got Away" by Mick Garris
- "My Accidental Obsession" by Jay Franco
- "Stephen King Celebration" by Clive Barker

Order your copy now from Cemetery Dance.

Sleeping Beauties To Become A TV Series

Posted: April 5, 2017, 08:29
5,5 months before even being released Sleeping Beauties has now been sold to Anonymous Content that will develop it into a TV series.

In a very competitive situation, Anonymous Content has landed the rights to Sleeping Beauties, the upcoming supernatural/suspense novel by horror master Stephen King and his son, Owen King. Anonymous will be partnering with the Kings to develop Sleeping Beauties as a TV series.

Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight) and Ashley Zalta will executive produce the series for Anonymous Content.

Source: Deadline.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma & Rick Urban

And the Winner is!

Posted: April 4, 2017, 10:17
The Eyes of the Dragon contest is over and this one was a hard one it seems. A lot of you gave the answer 24 and that isn’t the correct one. There are 24 illustrations in the portfolio but the question was:

How many illustrations are included in Vikings edition of Eyes of the Dragon?

And the correct answer to that is 23.

The winner is B. Gilbert who will get a signed Eyes of the Dragon poster.


Gwendy's Button Box Narrator

Posted: April 3, 2017, 20:53
Great casting for the audiobook of Gwendy's Button Box from

Big casting news! Maggie Siff from Billions, Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy will narrate the audiobook edition of GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. Available on CD and for download on May 16, 2017, the audiobook will feature a bonus, the Edgar® nominated short story ‘The Music Room’ – also read by Siff – PLUS an interview with the authors!

Lilja’s Library Look At The IT Trailer

Posted: April 3, 2017, 09:39
Here is Lou’s and mine first attempt to do a video pod. In it we take a closer look at the IT trailer that was released last week.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the trailer, our attempt of dissecting it and if you have any suggestions and ideas for future video pods.

King’s Fans & Their Books; Add Your Photo!

Posted: April 3, 2017, 07:07
Come on fans of the Stephen King. Show yourself with you beautiful King books. I know you have the books and I know you have the camera (or phone). And I want to see it!

Send in photos of you and King’s books so that I can add them to the Fan Photo Page. Here are my photos.

Looking at all these I'm thinking I might need the next photo without the beard?

Also, if you send in a photo of you and something connected to Lilja’s Library you get a chance to get a free copy of my upcoming book Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years. Read more here

Here are the links with the number of photos submitted:
Mr Mercedes (331)
Revival (180)
Finders Keepers (132)
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (112)
End of Watch (107)
Charlie the Choo Choo (18)
Lilja’s Library (124)

And remember, anyone, anywhere can enter! / Lilja

Danny Could Have Died In The Shining

Posted: April 2, 2017, 11:47
Entertainment spoke to Diane Johnson () and Jan Harlan () about their work on Kubrick’s The Shining and I must say that they got a lot of interesting information from then. Here are some highlights. For the full article head over to Entertainment Weekly.

Diane Johnson: The ending was changed almost entirely because Kubrick found it a cliche to just blow everything up.

Diane Johnson: In the book, nobody gets killed except Jack. And Kubrick really thought somebody should get killed — because it was a horror movie. So we weighed the dramatic possibilities of killing off various characters and did different treatments. We actually talked it over in detail the possibility of having different people getting killed.

Even Danny, at one point, was briefly considered for the ending’s tragic victim…

Diane Johnson: In one of the treatments — which has leaked online — Wendy kills Jack in self-defense in the third act. Then Hallorann arrives, and ALSO gets possessed by the hotel and becomes the finale’s surprise “big bad.”

Jan Harlan: Very often crew members asked him, “Can you explain that to me?” And he said, “I never explain anything, I don’t understand it myself. It’s a ghost film!”

Jan Harlan: Stanley wanted to make sure that nobody would ever re-assemble his edit in any other way. All outtakes and unused scenes were systematically destroyed — including negatives and rushes. He himself knew that he would never consider a re-cut. He was someone who lived totally in the present. He never looked back.

Here is also the script for an unreleased end-scene that was cut from the movie.

You & Lilja's Library: Photo Contest

Posted: April 2, 2017, 01:23
As you know (and if you didn’t you do now) Lilja’s Library celebrated 20 years last year and I want to celebrate that as much as I can. And you also know that the site wouldn’t be worth anything if no one read it. So, in order to celebrate that I want to involve you.

I want to do something similar to the photos you send in with yourself and one of King’s books but this time I want you to send in a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library. Lilja’s Library you might ask? Yes, take a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library in some form. It could be you in front of the computer (where you can see Lilja’s Library), it could be a photo of you and my book, it could be a photo of you and your tattoo of Marv (if anyone has one), or any other form of Lilja’s Library. Draw Marv and pose with him, read the site on your phone and take a photo of you doing it…your imagination is the limit. The rule is that Lilja’s Library and you need to be in the photo (and not just a toe or a finger, your face at least). That’s it. Not to hard right?

And to make it even more fun, one of you that send in a photo will get a prize. I will draw the photo I like the best (what I like is for me to know and you to find out) as the winner. If you have already sent a photo and think: "darn I should have been more creative", then just send another one. The prize is a copy of my upcoming anthology Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library that's released later this year.

OK, so start sending in your photos, either by email to info[a] or post them on facebook or twitter. I will then pull them from there and post them on the site.

Check out the entries here.

I hope to SEE you soon! / Lilja